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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss


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very good

286 Ratings

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%

Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2001)
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Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Thumbler.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber to brown (nutty) color with a small light beige and aired head. Few lacings left

S: Delicious sweet and fruity smell. Toffee, caramel malts, brown bread and plums

T: Follows the nose: Toffee, sweet caramel and malts. Balanced sweet-bitterness. Fruity too (Plenty of plums and raisins). Yeasts

M: Light to medium body. Low carbonation. A Bit molasses. Sweet toffee, moderate bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good beer

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 17:45:13 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Ambrosetti in Berlin 1 year ago, only drinking it now

BBE 2 Aug 2011

50cl bottle poured into Paulaner seidel

A- Mahogany body with ruby highlights. Excellent clarity. Head is a rocky 2 finger with good retention and average lacing.

S- Fruit cake, a little cinnamon like spice, some doughy maltiness.

T- Toffeish malts with a hint of a toasted biscuit quality, this is then dominated by a cloying saccharin like artificial sweetness in the finish. A hint of alcohol comes through but is smooth.

M- Moderate carbonation and full bodied. Lager clean finish.

D- Looks good, smells good but its just too sweet, artificial like, if the toasted melanoidin quality came through moreso it would be excellent!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 21:47:20 | More by seanyfo


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served into an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on feb´11
Pours dark copper in color crowned by a dense & close (small bubbles) yellowish white thick layer froth.Unfortunately doesn´t last.On nose dark fruit & sherry aromas with bready notes.On palate a crispy caramel overall.Alcohol mouthfeel, sweet not bothering warm.Well balanced malts & hops.Sweet hoppy aftertaste.Very good drinkability.Makes me remember an italian vermouth wine.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 08:21:08 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

has a best before date of 15.11.11

that is a fun beer to open. rip pop fizz aroma.

cascades in the glass with a tonne of malt and hop aroma. burnt orange with stunning clarity. offwhite head.

i pull cherries and dark fruit and alchohol and malt. smells strong and tempting. very strong underlying malt aroma, carraway seed rye bread type aroma. smells like bread in a glass.

malt start malt middle malt finish malt aftertaste.

overkill. i might enjoy this if i was standing in an igloo in nunavut.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 23:33:53 | More by paxkey
Photo of doughanson78


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Doppelbock. 0.5 liter bottle poured into snifter. Bottle has been sitting in fridge for about 8 months. Opened bottle and it foam spewed out for like 5 minutes.

A: Very nice dark brown color. Very clear. Tan two finger head with lots of huge bubbles in it. Great lacing. I would venture to guess that it has a lot of carbonation or else it's super flat now.

S: Dark fruits. Caramel. Slight roasted malt aroma. Very sweet.

T: Very sweet and malty (almost to sweet). Dark fruits. Caramel hints.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy.

O: Seems like it would be a decent beer for the style. I have nothing to compare to though. A lot sweeter than I would like my beer to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 22:32:00 | More by doughanson78
Photo of warlust


4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a real doppelbock that is rich in flavor. The mouth feel is thick and malty. The smell is that of over ripe fruit. The taste is similar to the smell yet it finishes like a lager without the hops. I love all bock beers especially doppelbock so I can say with out a doubt this beer is going into my top 10.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 08:33:41 | More by warlust
Photo of Jazzfan333

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500 ml swing top bottle into a pilsner glass. No freshness/“best by” information on the bottle.

Appearance - Gorgeous dark brown with hints of ruby red/burgundy. Nice carbonation with 3 finger off-white head. Head recedes fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell – This is a complete malt bomb - dark bread, caramel and raisins.

Taste - Very sweet, bready malts and dark fruits – raisins, plums. Initially (cold) the alcohol is almost completely hidden and all you are left with is the wonderfully complex malts. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes a bit more apparent in the nose and in the taste. However, the alcohol actually serves as a nice counterbalance to the sweetness from the malts. Little or no hop presence at all.

Mouthfeel – Nice/ample carbonation for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and is one of the real strengths of the beer.

Drinkability - Initially the alcohol at 7.2 % ABV is almost completely masked. This is a smooth drinking beer and although the alcohol does come through a bit more as the beer warms, it does not hurt its drinkability. It would be easy to consume several of these beers in succession in spite of the ABV and its richness.

Conclusion – This is a high quality authentic German Doppelbock – rich, complex and satisfying. You can virtually taste the history behind this beer as you drink it. I would definitely buy it if it was available in my area. It would be particularly nice to drink as a fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 18:24:26 | More by Jazzfan333
Photo of Roke87

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL swing top bottle poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.
Best Before Date: November.15/2011

Appearance- Pours a dark ruby colour with a very fluffy three fingers of off white head that very quickly resides to a thin ring leaving almost no lacing.

Smell- Interesting smells coming from this one its almost hard to put a finger on exactly what it is, but I do get some dark fruity scents, a tad of roasted malts, and some sweet caramel thrown in there as well.

Taste- Bready malts and dark fruit flavours dominate the palate, a bit of sugar, spice, and everything nice thrown in there as well, a very interesting tasting doppelbock.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied with under-average carbonation.

Overall- A very interesting doppelbock on all perspectives, sweet smelling and tasting with lots of bready malts and dark fruity flavours with a hint of spices in the finish. All in all a good doppelbock and one of the better ones that I have tasted. Good price point at the LCBO too bad it’s a seasonal release there.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 06:19:22 | More by Roke87
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a two finger head not overly carbonated - colour of a dark raisin

S - slightly bitter, sweet, malty and with nice scent of dark fruit/caramel

T - similar to the smell, sweet malt with a little bitterness up front and in the finish - alcohol nicely masked

M - low carbonation light to medium body

O - I was not familiar with this beer and took a chance. Pleasant surprise and something I will go back to. I am now officially a doppelbock fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:33:30 | More by Stocean1
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swingtop from the LCBO, pours a dark mahogany, totally clear, little khaki head with little retention.

Nose is best part, caramel fruit cake blends with dark fruits and a bit of roasty cocoa and coffee.

Taste can't match, easy drinking and simple. Bready malts, dark fruits, sweet and silky, brown sugar, cola, slightly musty. Little too sweet, doesn't have the dryness in the finish to balance out, just sweet and dies into thin nothing. Not the layers of depth you want from a good dopplebock. Hides the ABV well, silky mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:48:58 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of PainkeepBrewing


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark ruby to brown, very strong head on pour

S - Malt, figs, candi sugar, alcohol. Very strong heavy caramel smell.

T - rich caramel and malt taste, slight alcohol notes, finishes nice caramel on back of tongue. Would have prefered a bit less of an alcohol note on a beer only 7.2%

M - Well attenuated and dried, a smooth lager thickness with a deceptively heavy mouthfeel. Really enjoyable in this aspect.

O - Not my favorite doppelbock but it was worth the $4 (if anything for the swing-top bottle to be re-used). Assertive on the malts, no hop aroma or flavor to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 00:30:12 | More by PainkeepBrewing
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pours a dark ruby colour with decent head. Nice lacing on the glass.

s-very sweet, dark malts and dark fruits dominate the bouquet. Slight nutty flavour.

t-Hmmm doughy tastes, malts, the dark fruits and malts come to the fore. Nice alcohol finish.

m-Thicker in keeping with higher abv.

d-quite drinkable despite the high abv and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 21:14:21 | More by Mit
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle and label are gorgeous and the snap top is tight but easy to open.

Pours a clear, rusty ruby colour with a slightly small head that surprisingly left no lace, but stuck around as a collar.

Slightly astringent aroma at first. Then quite boozy, smelling of fermented fruit and wet dark grains and malts. There is also a butter toffee smell in there.

Alcohol really comes through in taste, even when cold. It's very sweet and fruity, with a grainy tone and a deep malt backing and a definite woodiness.

Chewy mouthfeel, bready but smooth. Fruit and alcohol on the tongue and a surprisingly quick and clean finish.

This is a very heavy beer on my stomach, meaning I'd never drink more than one, however as a solo beer it's very satisfying. Rich in taste with the ABV being noticeable.

Not the most accessible bock, but feels like a serious beer for serious beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 21:06:22 | More by bryehn
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Unibroue tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with a slight amber glow and half a finger of foamy cream coloured head.

S - Toffee, caramel and some hop bitterness.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee, hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, very chewy.

D - A very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 17:02:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich mahogany color with a rather thin off white head,the clarity and richness was nice,it overshadowed the lack of a head.Lighter aromas of caramel malt,plum-like fruitiness,and light iron,not a real assertive nose.One of the sweeter German made doppelbocks its heavy on the caramel and plum/prune sweetness,in saying that its warming and is what its supposed to be.Lighter in feel but it goes down easily without much alcohol presence.This would be good on a cold winters day wich we dont get here in NC very much.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 22:32:44 | More by oberon
Photo of brewskier


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fliptop Grolsch-style bottle (Love the antler-clashing label!) into a pint glass. Speckled sandy brown foam. Dark chestnut brown beer, with some nice golden highlights. Fairly hazy.

Pungent woodsy aroma, with some distinct nutty scents as well. Crisp and bracing, a hint of woodsmoke seems nice for winter.

Flavor is very richly malty, full of sweet brown bread, molasses, and hazelnut. Carob and a spicy hint of nutmeg and cloves are also present, and a nice caramel finish rounds it out. Would go well with either a reuben (or even just a block of nutty Swiss) or bread pudding.

Mouthfeel is hearty, with only a mild effervescence to break it up. Finishes fairly clean, however.

This is a versatile beer, with a robustness that would pair well with a number of foods, but it is not overpowering like some dopples. Smooth and rich, it goes down quite easily. Its alcohol over 7% could sneak up on you, though. A really nice dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:09:21 | More by brewskier
Photo of CHADMC3


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich chestnut brown with reddish hues beneath a thin, light tan head that quickly gives way to nearly no lacing with just hints of carbonation below.

Sweet and caramel malts leap from the glass with a faint fruitiness resembling plum as well as a fair amount of yeast.

Similar sweet malts exist in the flavor including caramel as well as fruits such as plum or prunes that become quite pronounced as the beer warms.

Medium in carbonation and body; a bit warming, and slightly puckering due to the fruitiness. This is certainly unique.

Fruitier than most doppelbocks, yet still authentic to the style. I could use a touch more malt to offset the fruit, but very good. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:27:28 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle as part of LCBO winter release gift pack. 500ml swingtop into a pint glass. Slaughtered noobs on COD Black Ops while sipping this bitch.

Pours a dark brown with hints of rusty orange. Tan head, with some lace and retention. Dark fruits and raisin in the nose, prominent and clearly malt forward. Taste has this, with a greater notion of the malts here, toffee and caramel. Can sense the heat in the finish, but is more warming than harsh. Medium low carbonation, and a solid drink especially in the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 00:29:48 | More by liamt07
Photo of homebrew311


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool swing top bottle poured into pint glass.

A: deep brown purpleish hue with a thin and dense off white head, good amount of lacing, a cm of head retains throughout drink. Somewhat murky.

S: candied grapes, molasses, caramel, and other sweet malty notes with hints of chocolate in there as well. Smells very sweet, but something tells me that the sweetness will be well balanced. We shall see...

T: the sweet malts show up again, a little more restrained than on the nose, grape and molasses are the two biggest notes I'm picking up. Towards the finish, there is more of a caramel/presence and a nice balanced finish. Not a whole lot of hop character present, but I'm amazed at how well the sweetness is balanced.

MF: medium carbonation, medium body, velvety texture

D: this is a great example of the style. The problem I run in to with Doppelbocks is cloying sweetness. This one does a great job at balancing the flavors making for a drinkable brew with fairly well hidden abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 07:02:17 | More by homebrew311
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, roasted nuts, dates, butterscotch, metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. The most noticeable flavours are malts, butterscotch, and a dark fruit sweetness. (possibly dates) There are also notes of roasted nuts and a slight metallic taste. The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste,

Drink - The beer tasted a lot like a scotch ale, which isn't one of my favourite styles. Still drinkable though; and I'm happy I gave it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 13:47:47 | More by spinrsx
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So the appearance on this beer was a bit disappointing. I like foam. This beer had little to none, and dissipated quickly. What's left is a dark copper colour beer that almost seems flat. Very little carbonation. odd. Still, nice bit of lace. Well, appearances are deceiving. This is another delicious brew. Nice aroma of dark fruits, raisins, nuts, earthy malts, bit of spice and some caramel. Good, strong flavours without it being overpowering or bold. Lots of caramel throughout, with the fruits and malts rounding out. Very little bitterness; what is their seems to be from roasted malts. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Quite soothing, actually. Deceptively drinkable. One could view this as a session beer, until the 7.2ABV kicks in. Asides from a poor appearance, a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:59:59 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark copper or brown body with a two finger off white head. Bright. No visible carbonation oddly.

S - Dark fruit is nice and lot's of bready malts are there to compliment it. Smells really nice.

T - Very nice up front. Dark fruit and a great malty texture. All malt there but not overly sweet. There is a nice mild sweet finish which seems spot on. Lot's of caramel is there too.

M - Medium carbonation in the mouth with a medium body.

D - I could definately drink alot of these in a night. I really wanted another once I was done and nothing about this got boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 20:29:41 | More by tbeckett
Photo of MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours an almost clear, reddish-brown colour with purple highlights and a decent creamy off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel malts, toffee, and raisins come to mind right away.

T - Follows the nose, predominantly a mix of caramel/toffee and dark fruit with a vague roasted character. Light metallic flavour as well. Slightly sweet and warming boozy finish.

M - Medium bodied, medium-to-light carbonation, which seems appropriate in this instance.

D - I would've liked this to be a bit drier, but on occasion I do enjoy big sweet malt bombs with flavours reminiscent of Mackintosh toffee, so all is not lost. And also on the plus side, I can add another swing-top to the homebrewing rotation.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 06:05:44 | More by MattyV
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L, Germany, best by 6/11.

Brilliant reddish brown with a short-lived, fizzy beige head. Lacing was average. Great color though.

Aroma is lacking, though it opens up a bit as the beer comes to room: light brown sugar and malt extract.

Flavor is top-notch: super bready, rich and full. Fat notes of caramel and toasted malt. This beer focuses on richly malty, molasses-like flavors rather than fruit or chocolate, but I love what it has to offer. A pure, clean malt bomb. Mouthfeel is slick, with fine carbonation.

Another delicious Doppelbock. With a bit of tweaking here and there to create a better head and coax out more interesting aromas, this would be a solid A- or A.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 20:48:14 | More by dasenebler
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Love the rubber stopper mechanism.

Pours dark brown active foam, light layer of off white foam. Laces well.

Light wheaty smell, some fruit buried in.

Sweet taste, some chocolate, definitely caramel, toffee. Candy taste. Firm backed hop that tries to balance the sweetness, and only partially succeeds.

Overall, quite sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. Very good drinkability, another solid German brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 13:29:03 | More by KTCamm
Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
86 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.